As principal of BrandLinkDC, Barbara Martin is responsible for planning events for some of the world's biggest names in entertainment. While rubbing shoulders with celebrities and authors such as Simon Doonan, Andy Cohen and Tinsley Mortimer, she knows the importance of looking her best. It starts with the basics. Be comfortable in your own skin, the 41-year-old Bethesda resident said. Know what neckline works for you, and don't slouch. When we spotted the self-professed Snobby Hippie in her Bethesda offices, we loved her silk print Julie Brown dress from Ginger Boutique in Bethesda. She matched the dress with a sleek pair of Manolo Blahnik strappy sandal heels from Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie. Speaking of those shoes, Martin revealed that she loves to wear her Blahniks so that she can show off her tattoo. They're a fav, she said. Her oversized leather purse by Alexander McQueen from Gilt Group was a talker. Her Marco Bicego necklace from Tiny Jewel Box and diamond earrings - a birth gift for her first son in 2004 - were fantastic finishing touches.
Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
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